A jihadi slap to the Kremlin’s face.
Putin is enough of a thug not to worry about such threats, but also to take them very seriously. Being an authoritarian ex-KGB Communist hard fist, he’s got a few aces up his sleeve that other Western leaders, retrained by the rule of law, simply do not have. Rule by fiat.
ISIS COMMANDER PROMISES: ‘WE’LL HAVE OUR REVENGE ON THE RUSSIANS’
ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashvili–aka, “Omar the Chechen”–warns that Russia will soon be targeted by the Islamist group.
According to The Moscow Times, “Batirashvili has gained a fearsome reputation throughout the conflict in Syria.” Bloomberg News reports that he now seeks “revenge” on Russia over Moscow’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He gave voice to plans for this revenge while talking on the phone with his father, who lives in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. He told his father: “Don’t worry dad, I’ll come home soon and show the Russians… I have many thousands following me and I’ll get more. We’ll have our revenge on the Russians.”
The Independent reports that estimates on the number of Chechen fighters in Syria “range between 200 and 1,000.” The “concern” is that these fighters are receiving training “to commit terrorist attacks on their return.”